SNs Decentralized, P2P

By pjain      Published March 9, 2021, 4:35 a.m. in blog Lambda7   

e Cooperative, Decentralized SN Platforms Technology

Central Site that people can Simply join

Self Hosting Available as Optional

  • Some Decentralized SN Platforms are Self-hosted only - this is extremely inconvenient for most people.

Mobile as a Client "Self-Hosted" node

"Pods" exchanging info on Request to create an Unified Experience

Mastodon and Diaspora are composed of P2P "pods".

You can register with a pod or host your own pod. Some Big Tech firm doesn't own your data, you do.

Decentralized, Blockchain as basis

Examples, Minds.com, D.Tube Like most other blockchain based social networks, is governed by Coins that the creator earns when someone watches or interact with their content. The coins can be used to promote the content or cashed out from partner crypto exhcnages.

  1. Example Dtube is a blockhain governed by Dtube Coins (DTC)

Tracking User IDs even if Message Not Shared

Unlike the end to end encrypted chats in WhatsApp, Signal doesn't track you, share your data and invade your privacy.

E2E vs Shared with Central Server in Between

However now WhatsApp has changed terms of usage to disclaim E2E - as it like Fb Messenger will now filter data at a central server, allowing moderation, censoring, etc.

FULLY End-to-end encrypted messages and calls

Telegram, Whatsapp and Signal use its own open source Signal protocol to give you end-to-end encrypted messages and calls.

However now WhatsApp has changed terms of usage to disclaim E2E - as it like Fb Messenger will now filter data at a central server, allowing moderation, censoring, etc.

e-ar Key Factors on Privacy, Social Platforms

Social Platforms Selling your data

Facebook serves you Personalized Ads - "Ad Signals"

They will share your data with advertisers so that you get more personalized (read invasive) ads.

Privacy going-gone on Social Platforms

WhatsApp E2E Privacy Going Away!

Facebook paid $19 billion to buy a mobile app like WhatsApp that hardly made any money at that time. Now Facebook to keep its stock price high, needs to keep high rates of profit growth and also get the return on its $19 billion investment.

Review of Decentralized SNs/Micro-blog Replacements

Why

  • Privacy
  • Freedom of speech - doesn’t support enforced political correctness
  • Respects our social life - no judgements LGBTQ, Ethnic, National background,etc.
  • SAFETY. you are safe to talk about anything.

Issues

A problem with all these so called decentralized systems, is when they get bigger, they always go cap in hand to all the centralized things like Facebook, Instagram etc to get linked up! At what point is it "free" of Big Tech if still linked to these sites?

Diaspora - Decentralized FB Alternative

  • Self-hosted only

Diaspora was one of the earliest decentralized social networks. 2010 Diaspora became somewhat popular as a Facebook alternative and did get some deserving limelight in its initial years LACK OF WIDESPREAD Success it got confined to only a handful of niche members.

Diaspora

Mastadon - Decentralized Twitter replacement

Most simply join one of the existing Mastodon instances like Mastodon Social. It is self hosted your own Mastodon instance and choose to connect it with other Mastodon instances.

Mastodon is a network of thousands of communities operated by different organizations and individuals. However, they do a P2P seamless social media integration for an unified experience.

Other smaller alternative to SNs/Facebook

  • MeWe: Alternative to Facebook
  • selfcial.com open source
  • Karma SN may be paused by the developer – he said on Telegram.
  • Spreely

Secure Communications, Chatting

Overview

Signal.org

These are alternative to: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger

Unlike the end to end encrypted chats in WhatsApp, Signal doesn't track you, share your data and invade your privacy.

Signal rose to fame over time - Edward Snowden endorsed it. It got even more famous - More recently Elon Musk tweeted about it after WhatsApp sharing user data with Facebook.

Signal

Other smaller

  • Element messenger based on Matrix protocol which you may try.

Secure Community/Forum

Getaether.net - Community/Forum

This is a P2P open-source Reddit clone. It is P2P, there is no centralized servers.

Aether is an open source, P2P platform for self-governing communities with auditable moderation and mod elections. Its democratic communities elect mods and can replace them by voting.

The content on Aether is ephemeral in nature and it is kept only for six months unless someone saves it.

mr Market Review of Decentralized Channels Media, TV, Music Replacements

Business Models for Channels Based Ads

Advertising - YouTube - Needs "Billions" of Views

Professional Video Channels - BrightVideo?, Vimeo

Minds.com - Youtube replacement - Secure Chatting

Blockchain based site where you can post videos, blogs, images and set statuses. You can also message and video chat securely with groups or directly with friends. Trending feeds and hashtags allows you to discover articles of your interest.

To boost traction, it lets users earn tokens for your contributions. These tokens can be used to upgrade your channel from free to premium.

Creators can receive direct payments in USD, Bitcoin and Ether from fans.

D.tube

Dtube is a blockhain based decentralized YouTube clone, ie the interface is probably too similar to YouTube. Like most other blockchain based social networks, is governed by Coins that the creator earns when someone watches or interact with their content. The coins can be used to promote the content or cashed out from partner crypto exhcnages.

File Share oriented P2P, Torrent

  • Tribler should be added to this list as it is a fully anonymous P2P Torrent and Streaming Network
  • Gab
  • Freetube a Youtube replacement, video platform, said to be open source

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